Are tenured teachers to blame for failing schools?

Friday, August 1, 2014

A pair of lawsuits in New York accuse the state's teacher tenure guidelines of giving low-income and minority kids a subpar education.

Education advocacy group StudentsFirst and former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown championed one of the lawsuits this week, NPR reported. The group says New York's laws guidelines only hurt the level of education students receive for three reasons.

  • State law requires schools to decide after only three years to grant a teacher tenure, which often leads to permanent employment. The group says this timeframe isn't adequate time to assess a teacher's performance.

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